Hopeful solidarities

Hopeful Solidarities is a collaboration between three writer-teacher-activists and community organisations we are part of in Brighton and Hove. In times of multiple intersecting crises, ranging from struggles for daily survival in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the spiralling cost of living, climate change and the racist legacies of European colonialism, we explore and work alongside islands of hope. We engage with members of our community organisations, listening to people’s reflections on their own stories in the light of the present moment, and seek to build on emergent solidarities through everyday, practical and creative work including writing, film, photography, food and music.

SHIFT

SHIFT is a digital platform that undertakes research and conversations with UK based learning disabled and neurodivergent artists about where and how their works are placed, showcased, and written about. The accessible films showcase eight artists and their practices, alongside important conversations with these artists, hearing their opinions.

https://www.shift.jenniferlaurengallery.com/

POWER

POWER declares that a climate emergency has arrived on every street. As artists and filmmakers working with our home community we are taking a vital leap of the imagination – giving ourselves the power of government to print money and enact a Green New Deal now setting up a solar POWER STATION across the rooftops of Waltham Forest, London.

The Farmer’s Yarns

Founded by Maria Benjamin in 2021, The Farmer’s Yarns is a Cumbrian wool event that showcases farm2yarn micro businesses. Wool is a fantastic, natural, biodegradable resource that is currently undervalued. The Farmer’s Yarns highlights and celebrates the positive impact those making the most of this fibre can have. It brings together people open to knowledge sharing and collaborative working.

Sounding The Voices

Sounding The Voices scores collaborative exchanges between six women with lived experience of challenging histories. How might we ‘sound’ the space between our pasts and presents, personally and collectively, to shape futures resisting complacency and despair, and in doing so, offering a ‘being, otherwise’?

The Class Work Project

The Class Work Project is a workers co-operative focusing on class stigma and marginalisation. We centre the knowledge and experiences of poor and working-class people by publishing our quarterly journal Lumpen, and delivering workshops on class. We also work to create opportunities for the redistribution of resources within social movements.

Becoming British

British is a performative exhibition that seeks to interrogate processes of ‘Becoming’ and help audiences explore their own experience of nationality. Centering the voices of migrant artists and community members it will educate, entertain and inform – building
towards a documentary performance piece to be toured in 2023.

Young Identity

Young Identity (YI) is a Manchester-based literature and performance arts charity creating opportunities for young people at risk of excellence.
We believe the arts transform lives, our mission is to develop literacy, critical thinking and creative skills in young people through the dynamism of our innovative programme, we nurture the talent of tomorrow.

Drawing as Stimming

Drawing as stimming looks to create a time where stimming can happen, through drawing and in response to artworks in the gallery setting, or online in response to art collections. Drawing as Stimming seeks to explore how drawing and mark making can support non-verbal interpretation of artworks, whilst also enabling safe spaces to stimm.

9ft in Common

An investigation about ownership, access, disruption and place. 9ft in Common uncovers the complexities and shares the possibilities of an infrastructure of urban alleyways, Belfast’s wild and liminal spaces. 9ft in Common is developed across the disciplines of art and architecture by Amberlea Neely (Starling Start) and Aisling Rusk (Studio Idir).

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